Yellowstone National Park, Winter Wildlife and More Workshop (9 days, 8 nights)
STL Yellowstone, Jan 15th-23rd, 2014 (full)
(overnight in Belgrade 14th, leave for YNP 15th, depart YNP for home 23rd)
STL Yellowstone, Jan 25th -Feb 2nd, 2014 (full)
(overnight in Belgrade 24th, leave for YNP 25th, depart YNP for home 2/2)
This is a FIRST CLASS trip with R/T shuttle from Bozeman, lodging at Mammoth hotel and Old Faithful Snow Lodge, baggage transfer, breakfast and lunch, and the best snow coach (Glaval) available with easy in/out, overhead storage, plenty of space, and comfortable seating for the interior and Lamar Valley.
Join us as we travel through the interior of majestic Yellowstone National Park at the peak of the winter season, photographing big game wildlife and scenic wonders via our privately chartered 16 passenger Glaval Snow Coach. The wildlife we expect to see on our journey may include Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Coyote, Fox, Elk, Otters, Pronghorn, Deer, and Wolves, located in and among spectacular environmental features and stunning backgrounds.
As with all STL's, this is a workshop, not just a photo tour. "Shoot the Light" Photographic Instructional Workshops are designed to enhance your visionary skills, as well as your technical execution. Special emphasis is placed on creating images with Visual Impact. Increase your proficiency while using compositional elements and light to design in-camera images that are a cut above.
Our small group and private vehicle allows us to make the most of each wildlife encounter. Unlike other tours, we have the luxury of staying on location for extended periods without the pressure of crowds.
I learned more on this one trip (Yellowstone 2013) about photographic technique than on my previous 22 trips under different settings. Manual metering was so rapid and straightforward that I never had to worry about ever blowing out a histogram. This allowed me to focus on the picture composition without concerns about the imaging quality. Chaz is a remarkably gifted natural teacher and is able to explain the complex in simple comprehensible terms. He manages to do it in a natural and very amusing way so that it sticks with you. His compositional and post-production skills are equally amazing. Because he is currently in the process of converting many of his photographic principles into short movies, this will eventual become available on the net for any one with an interest in improving their photographic skills. I look forward to the experience both in film and future workshops.
Thanks for a great trip to Yellowstone. I went in thinking I was a pretty good photographer but knowing there was much I could still learn. What I didn't expect was the complete epiphany I experienced when taking your advice to shoot in manual exposure mode. I have always shot in Av mode and while my exposures were generally okay, I was constantly battling the metering system with exposure compensation, especially when compositions changed. I just assumed there was no real alternative, believing manual exposure mode was too complex and slow for wildlife photography. Your teaching method made clear it was not complex at all (in fact, it is very intuitive and logical) and afforded the opportunity to focus on composition as opposed to worrying about the proper exposure. It's really a photographic-altering experience for me. I'll never (or rarely) shoot in Av mode again and can already see that my images have taken a step up. Many thanks!
Take the included shuttle from Bozeman Airport to Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in time for dinner. Orientation begins at 6 pm, and we will meet in the hotel lobby.
Day Two and Three:
We spend our first two days in the park via a privately chartered van photographing in the wildlife rich Lamar Valley. We spend our first two days in the park via a privately chartered van photographing in the wildlife rich Lamar Valley.
Day Four, Five, and Six
By privately chartered Snow coach, we begin our adventure traveling to the Firehole River Basin, Madison River and Geyser Basins, where we can expect to photograph Bison, Swan and Elk among other wildlife. Bobcat frequent this area.
The thermal areas within the park attract such wildlife as Elk and Bison We will be spending the next three nights at Old Faithful Snow Lodge Cabins.
Hayden Valley and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone offer many wildlife photo opportunities. These thermal areas provide winter grazing and warmth for many animals.
Depart Old Faithful area traveling through the park to Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. We will stop many times along the way, as many opportunities will arise for both wildlife and scenery.
We spend our final day in the park via a privately chartered van photographing in the wildlife rich Lamar Valley.
Departure from Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel via shuttle at 8:15am, to Bozeman Airport
It is recommended that you arrive the day before the workshop starts, spending a night in Belgrade, MT. If you miss the shuttle to Mammoth you will be required to find your own way at your own expense.
Hotel Reccomendation: not included
Address: 6261 Jackrabbit Ln, Belgrade, Mt 59714
Workshop Fee: Double Occupancy: $4,895, Single Occupancy: $ 795.00 additional. We must have Advanced Notice to insure single accomadations throughout your stay.
Fee Includes: Photographic instruction, 8 nights accommodations in Mamouth and Old Faithful lodges, airport transfers to/from Bozeman Airport to Mammoth Hot Springs and park use fee, all transportation and luggage transfers within the park heated Deluxe Glaval Snow Coach, breakfast all days, with box lunches days 2-7.
Not Included: Airfare to/from Bozeman, MT and meals other than specified above. Lodging in Bozeman/Belgrade prior to and after the workshop dates.
Terms: A $1000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve space. Balance is due in full 90 days prior to the workshop date, unless otherwise noted. If we do not receive the balance on or before the due date, we will try to fill your spot off the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit only.
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